Some days you find yourself following a fan site link to a Spanish website and end up reading an interview with Lucasfilm president with Kathleen Kennedy. One that is peppered with fun information about the upcoming direction of Star Wars. The outlet, Ecartelera, which is based in Spain, sent writer Berta F. del Castillo to Star Wars Celebration Orlando where she caught up with Kennedy and took the opportunity to ask a wide range of questions. And Kennedy was very forth coming about where she and the rest of Lucasfilm are in the process right now.
While Star Wars Celebration Orlando was taking place, there was plenty of activity going on back at the (Skywalker) ranch. With Episode IX looming, the next round of talks and brainstorming will involve figuring out where the franchise goes next. Kennedy touched on how she and the team have to balance several things at once: currently they’re focused on the Han Solo movie but are also about to start script reading and revisions on Episode IX, as well as looking into spin-off movies. Fingers crossed for that stand alone Obi-Wan film starring Ewan McGregor!
But perhaps the most exciting part of the interview is when Kathleen Kennedy admits how much the team listens to the fans and our theories.
“After 40 years of adventures people have a lot of information and a lot of theories about the way these stories can take, and sometimes those theories that come up are new ideas for us to listen to, read and pay attention to. [It’s] clear that the fans are as much masters of this franchise as we are.”
One of those fan theories that has made its way to the upper echelons of Lucasfilm? The romance between Poe Dameron and Finn. When pressed if Star Wars would be willing to make the popular couple official within the films, Kennedy didn’t rule out the possibility. “We’ve talked about it, but I think you’re not going to see it in The Last Jedi.” Of course, Kennedy deflecting that Poe and Finn aren’t a couple (yet) hasn’t stopped fans from pointing out the obvious affection between the two men in The Last Jedi. As far as I know, bromances don’t usually involve stealing your buddy’s entire wardrobe.
With Star Wars Episode IX still in the scripting stage, we all know what must be done. Let Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm know that Poe and Finn are soulmates. Fly, my pretties!